For the first time since Feb. 2, 2009, Kansas was excluded from the AP Top 25 college basketball rankings Monday, snapping a record-setting 231 consecutive appearances in the poll. The Jayhawks (12-7, 6-5 Big 12) went 1-1 on the week with a 91-79 road loss to West Virginia on Saturday overshadowing a 23-point win over rival Kansas State earlier in the week.
Kansas' fall from the rankings highlights what has been an extraordinarily unusual season for college basketball's blueblood programs. Monday marks the first time since Dec. 18, 1961 that UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas are all unranked. In Jerry Palm's updated Bracketology, he's projecting only three of those five will make the Big Dance, and one of those is flirting with the bubble.
The top of the AP poll held steady once again at the top with Gonzaga and Baylor coming in at Nos. 1 and 2, but there was significant shuffling inside the top 10. Michigan moved up one spot to No. 3, Ohio State leapt from No. 7 to No. 4 and Villanova dropped two spots to No. 5 following its stunning loss to St. John's.
Loyola-Chicago is ranked No. 22 in Monday's AP poll. It's the first time the program has been ranked since the end of the 1984-1985 season.
AP Top 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
Others receiving votes: Colorado 41, San Diego St. 38, Xavier 37, UCLA 35, Florida 29, Louisville 28, Belmont 25, Kansas 18, Drake 16, Minnesota 12, North Carolina 8, St. John's 7, Toledo 6, Clemson 6, Arkansas 3, Boise St. 3, Saint Louis 2, UAB 1, VCU 1, BYU 1